Coweta County Deputy Eric Minix Killed in The Line of Duty: What We Know


The Gist: Deputy Sheriff Eric Minix of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office lost his life in the line of duty on January 4, during a vehicle pursuit.

The Details: In a recent pursuit of a stolen vehicle that crossed into Alabama, Deputy Sheriff Eric Minix was tragically struck by a police car. The incident occurred during the apprehension of the suspect. Despite immediate medical attention, Deputy Minix was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Known for his dedication as a Deputy and K9 Officer, Eric Minix was also revered for his friendly nature. He had three daughters.

More Information: Deputy Sheriff Minix’s career was marked by commitment and camaraderie. Serving in a high-risk role, his tragic death highlights the dangers law enforcement officers face daily. This incident underscores the unpredictable and perilous nature of police work, especially during pursuits and arrests.

The officer who struck Minix was a 28-year-old Lanett, Alabama Police officer. He has been placed on administrative leave. According to Coweta County Police Chief Lenn Wood, Minix was standing outside his car giving Alabama officers instructions about the suspect when the Lanett Officer pulled up and was unable to stop before hitting Minix and other police vehicles.

What’s Next?: Investigations into the incident are ongoing, led by relevant authorities. Further details and arrangements for honoring Deputy Minix will likely be announced by the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. The community and law enforcement agencies will continue to process this tragic loss and find ways to commemorate Deputy Minix’s service and sacrifice.

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